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Fire Extinguisher Types Defined

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 12/2/10 4:17 PM

There are many different types of fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher manufactures.  The most important thing to understand about fire extinguisher types is that not all fire extinguishers can fight all types of fires. large_fire-extinguisher-in-use

Portable fire extinguishers are classified to indicate their ability to handle specific classes and sizes of fires. Labels on extinguishers indicate the class and relative size of fire that they can be expected to handle. 

Class A extinguishers are used for fires involving ordinary combustibles, such as wood, cloth, and paper. Class B extinguishers are used on fires involving liquids, greases, and gases. Class C extinguishers are used on fires involving energized electrical equipment. Class D extinguishers are used on fires involving metals such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, and potassium.


Electronic monitoring of fire extinguisher can be installed on all types of fire extinguishers.  For more on electronic monitoring of fire extinguishers please click here.

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